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D-Day Museum

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Address: Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth PO5 3NT, England
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+44 23 9282 6722
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Portsmouth's D-Day Museum is Britain's only museum dedicated solely to...

Portsmouth's D-Day Museum is Britain's only museum dedicated solely to covering all aspects of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, on 6 June 1944. D-Day was a turning point in the Second World War, and a moment when the course of world events depended on the Allied troops taking part. Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother opened the Museum in June 1984, on the 40th Anniversary of D-Day. The Museum’s centrepiece is the magnificent Overlord Embroidery. At 272 feet (83 metres) in length, this is the world’s longest embroidery of its kind, and the Twentieth Century equivalent of the Bayeux Tapestry. It was commissioned by Lord Dulverton of Batsford (1915-92) as a tribute to the sacrifice and heroism of those men and women who took part in Operation Overlord. Designed by artist Sandra Lawrence, the Embroidery took five years to complete. An accompanying multi-language audio commentary brings the events of the Embroidery to life. The Museum's unique and dramatic film show uses archive film to create a moving experience that captures the wartime atmosphere. Extensive displays of personal memorabilia, maps, uniforms, vehicles and other historic artefacts complete your visit to the D-Day Museum. Full size dioramas include the map room at the Allied headquarters at Southwick House, and a Horsa glider that has landed in Normandy. A real LCVP landing craft is on display, as is a rare Beach Armoured Recovery Vehicle (BARV) tank.Please see our website for more details.

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A place to reflect on war time, the planning, and the futility of it all.a great informative museum for young and old.

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Gosport, United Kingdom

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Gosport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A place to reflect on war time, the planning, and the futility of it all.a great informative museum for young and old.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really interesting and the tapestry is stunning The staff were really pleasant; great value too with accompanied children being free to enter I will recommend the museum to anyone visiting Portsmouth

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museam right on the front of southsea Portsmouth gives you all the facts and the amount of planing and secrecy that surrounded the d day landings along with all of the machinery and equipment that was used against the axis forces some of it with a few upgrades is still used today ww11 has always been an interest of... More 

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Banbury, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A great informative museum that provided accessible information to 7 and 46 year olds alike. With the story told in an embroidered way not only was the story but the format considered impressive. With all information in english french and german it was impressive too. A short film in their own mini cinema provided a sit down and an eye... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Portsmouth was a point of embarkation for British troops heading for Normandy. Museum is small but gives a great summary of the preparation for the invasion and the role of the local community its preparation. It's located about two miles from harbor and accessible by taxi, bus or walking.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

A really well laid out and evocative museum that really tells the story of the preps for and execution of D-Day.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

The overlord tapestry is very impressive and its worth visiting for this alone.There are also other exhibits which add to the overall experience.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Not a massive place but it has a lot in it.Lots of interesting information and some of the personal stories were quite moving. The tapestry is quite amazing. Good parking

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

A very interesting and informative visit, bringing to life the harsh realities of that period. The exhibition is well displayed, and the personal items on display make the whole experience very moving. Well worth the visit

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

The embroidery of the landings is more than enough to make this museum worth a visit. There is loots more to see besides and the whole exhibition is well laid out. Also there's a dinky little café serving snacks and drinks.

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